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In "Girl," Kincaid's narrator speaks in a command form as she gives advice to her daughter about how to live as a woman in Antiguan society. The woman is expected to do household chores like...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 5:44 pm (UTC)

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Benna is a style of calypso music which originated in Antigua, the birthplace of Jamaica Kincaid. Because it uses the "call and response" technique which is also popular with charismatic preachers,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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The syntax in the story creates the effect of making the reader share in the daughter's experience of being "instructed"—or harangued—by her mother. The story, written as a single run-on sentence,...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 1:54 pm (UTC)

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I would like to qualify Mshum's answer. She is right, of course, that there is no narrative presentation of setting, description, or exposition, but the implied setting of this story is very...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012, 2:01 am (UTC)

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"Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid is a monologue delivered by a mother to her adolescent daughter, instructing her—in a series of pithy imperative statements—on every aspect of how to live her life as a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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The narrative point of view used in this story is the third-person objective. A third-person objective narrator is never going to be a participant in the events that take place in the story (this...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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There is no relationship more important than a mother and daughter. For most women, this is a life-long, loving bond that both relish. In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, the adolescent daughter recalls...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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As it is depicted—with the mother-figure addressing the girl on all manner of subjects, ranging from how to eat or walk or spit up in the air to how to bully or please a man—the relationship...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019, 10:22 pm (UTC)

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The most obvious literary element of this short story is the point of view and narration, which is noteworthy because it is so different from any other story. "Girl" distinguishes itself because it...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013, 6:46 am (UTC)

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The speaker in Jamaica Kincaid's very short piece is not identified. It may be inferred that this person is an adult speaking to a child, probably an adolescent. It is possible that the speaker is...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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In “Girl,” Jamaica Kincaid uses various types of imagery—visual, tactile, gustatory, olfactory, and auditory—to compose a mother’s lecture to her daughter about proper behavior and appearance....

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 4:27 am (UTC)

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“Girl” is referred to as a short story by some critics and as a poem by others. It is useful to read it in conjunction with Kincaid’s Annie John, which also depicts an uncaring mother bullying her...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2007, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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By titling her story "Girl," Jamaica Kincaid leaves the interpretation open to the reader. The author suggests that females have some shared qualities and that the term "girl" might be applied to...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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The mother calls the daughter a slut on three occasions in this short story. The first occasion is when the mother says, "try to walk like a lady and not the slut you are." The word "slut" here is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019, 6:46 am (UTC)

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The short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid is in the form of a single long sentence of advice that a mother gives to her daughter, interspersed with a few comments by the daughter. The location and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020, 2:39 am (UTC)

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Bret Anthony Johnston's "Boy" is a short piece of fiction modeled on Jamaica Kincaid's earlier piece "Girl." In the original text, Kincaid creates a narrative voice (probably that of an older...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" has been alternately categorized as a dramatic monologue, a short story, and even as a poem. It consists of advice from a mother to her daughter—a girl on the verge of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 4:37 am (UTC)

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In Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl," a mother instructs her daughter on the how-to's of life -- from the everyday tasks to the moral stances she should take to the more abstract beliefs of her...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2008, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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"Girl" is a short story written in the second person that focuses on motherly advice spoken to a young girl. The advice ranges from what to wear to how to act. While there are many themes in...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Changing the title of Jamaica Kincaid’s story from “Girl” to “Mother” would provide a clue that the story is concerned with a relationship between a mother and her child. Kincaid carefully avoids...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020, 5:23 am (UTC)

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What strikes me as ironic is that the authoritarian woman who offers instruction about how to live life as a young woman speaks as though the girl she addresses is a "bad" girl, that she does not...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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I agree it's a little disconcerting to have to find these three literary elements in what appears to be just a huge list of "dos and don'ts" written by a mother to her daughter. A closer look,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Both stories show a mother's apparent dissatisfaction with her daughter's behavior and beliefs. Both mothers seem to feel that tradition and heritage are things that should be lived; they are not...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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Technically, there is only one sentence in this entire story. It's comprised of many subordinate clauses, usually separated with semicolons. Many of these clauses are phrased as imperatives....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 6:41 am (UTC)

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The single-sentence structure of Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" creates the impression of a deluge of advice delivered at great speed. There is a hectoring quality as the speaker bombards the girl with...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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Let's take two views of "Girl" here. Despite the brevity of the story, Kinkaid creates a variety of interpretive opportunities and we can consider more than one way to understand the intentions...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2015, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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A good thesis statement makes a claim that can be defended with textual evidence from the story. It is a statement of opinion with which someone could argue, if they wished to. Certainly, you could...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019, 1:09 pm (UTC)

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The tone that is developed in Kincaid's "Girl" suggests that the relationship between the mother and her daughter is relatively constricted. The story opens in the middle of the mother telling her...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010, 6:14 am (UTC)

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“Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid takes the form of one long sentence comprised of a list of instructions and advice that a mother might give her daughter about how to be a proper girl and woman. Many of...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2021, 12:35 am (UTC)

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In the very short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, food is mentioned several times. The story is written as a monologue delivered by an overbearing Caribbean mother to her daughter. The mother...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019, 3:23 am (UTC)

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“Girl” describes an old-fashioned description of womanhood. Kincaid drew on her experiences growing up in Antigua for the setting and themes of "Girl," as she has done for the rest of her fiction...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012, 2:19 am (UTC)

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"Girl" highlights the ways in which the nuclear family functions to pass down gender roles to children. Framed as a mother giving advise to her daughter, we see the way in which the mother is...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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The rhythm of the Caribbean Island of Antigua eminates in the poetic prose of the unique short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. The author’s tone and mood for the story demonstrates the residual...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" is a short piece of writing that has been described as a story, a poem, and a dramatic monologue. It is in the voice of a mother or perhaps another older female relative,...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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As the previous Educators have mentioned, it is the voice of a mother which dominates the narrative, which is a monologue. We know that it's more than likely a mother speaking, as opposed to a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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There is no doubt that many responses to Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" have been composed in literature and creative writing classes. One response which has been published and is now often studied...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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All the way through "Girl" the mother alternates between giving straightforward advice and delivering lines that to an outside might sound close to abuse. The listening girl protests against the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2007, 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid acknowledges that it was her mother’s instructions embedded in her own mind that she recreates in “Girl.” An Antiguan native, Kincaid places her story in her native land during the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2013, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid's story consists of one long sentence that contains a set of instructions that an unnamed individual is delivering to another person. Occasionally there is an italicized...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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It is difficult to identify any specific events in the story "Girl," as the entire story is a monologue from a mother to her child, with only two interruptions by the daughter and no writing that...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 12:27 am (UTC)

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I would argue that far more important than the instructions the girl is given (which you can easily pick out through reading this short text) is the tone in which they are given and how this hints...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2011, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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The choice of the second person as a narrative voice is an unusual one which is always deliberate. Second person gives a text a very particular feel: the reader is necessarily the person being...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 9:03 am (UTC)

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Both the speaker of Espaillat's "Bilingual/Bilingüe" and the speaker of Kincaid's "Girl" are chided by parents who do not understand the challenges of functioning within two cultures and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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This story by Jamaica Kincaid, published in The New Yorker in 1978, consists mainly of a monologue from mother to daughter (presumably), though the daughter does respond twice to her mother's...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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Although the primary speaker is never named, the voice of the piece almost certainly belongs to a mother, instructing her young daughter in the ways she should behave in order to fulfill her...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020, 5:29 am (UTC)

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The steam-of-consciousness narrative method that Jamaica Kincaid uses in “Girl” is meant to represent the ongoing presentation of ideas that the unnamed speaker offers to the girl; the reader...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of different aspects that we could comment on when we think about the title of this excellent text and how it relates to the content. Firstly, "Girl" clearly indicates the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2011, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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According to eNotes, it is a short story. I think it tries to avoid classification. Many critics call "Girl" prose poetry or a lyrical vignette. Prose poem: Work in prose that has some of the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid’s story “Girl” seems to be a monologue, apparently spoken by an adult woman. However, the story is in many ways a masterpiece of ambiguity. There are many, basic qualities which a...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 5:09 am (UTC)

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Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl” is told through a list form that blends dialogue with instructions. Although names are not used, we can deduce from the title and some of the instructions that...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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